11 August 2017

Carabao Cup second round: Blackburn Rovers face Burnley while Newcastle face Nottingham Forest as Sky Sports mix-up West Ham’s tie against Cheltenham Town

BLACKBURN ROVERS will host rivals Burnley in the standout tie of the Carabao Cup second round as confusion surrounded the live televised draw.

The Cotton Mills Derby will take place at Ewood Park, but the real talking point was West Ham being drawn as playing at home against Cheltenham Town, despite not being able to.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley side will face Blackburn Rovers in the second round of the Carabao Cup
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The Cotton Mills Derby will take place at Ewood park

Slaven Bilic’s men are unable to play at the London Stadium due to the World Athletic Championships, and need time to get their ground back in shape for football.


The Hammers were granted special dispensation from the Football League to play their tie away, along with Newport County, however John Salako and presenter Julian Warren clearly didn’t know that.

Former Crystal Palace winger Salako pulled out a red ball and believed that signified an away tie, however Warren told him the tie would be a home clash for West Ham in a confusing state of affairs.

To make matters worse, that was the FOURTH time in a row Salako made the mistake of calling a home tie an away tie in an embarrassing live mix-up.

The embarrassing errors started when he called out Brentford’s number two ball, followed by a white ball which signifies an away match, and stated ‘home’ before Warren was forced to intervene on his mistake.

Brentford tweeted: “We will be at home to QPR,” before quickly posting again “Or we might be away, we’re not quite sure.”

Four-time League Cup champions Nottingham Forest will face Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup
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The Magpies have never won the league Cup with Rafa Benitez looking to become the first man to guide the club to glory
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Sean Dyche’s men will be looking to extend their brilliant record against Tony Mowbray’s side, with the fixture due to take place in the week commencing on August 21.

The Clarets haven’t tasted defeat against their Lancashire enemies in six matches – winning their last three outings.

In another exciting match-up, Newcastle United play four-time champions Nottingham Forest at St James’ Park, with Rafa Benitez looking to become the first Magpies manager to win the League Cup.

While Crystal Palace host Ipswich Town, with Swansea City face a daunting away tie against MK Dons.

Southern section draw

  • QPR vs Brentford
  • Crystal Palace vs Ipswich Town
  • Watford vs Bristol City
  • Norwich City vs Charlton Athletic
  • Cheltenham Town vs West Ham*
  • Brighton vs Barnet
  • Cardiff City vs Burton Albion
  • Southampton vs Wolves
  • Fulham vs Bristol Rovers
  • MK Dons vs Swansea City
  • Birmingham City vs Bournemouth
  • Reading vs Millwall

Premier League newcomers Hudersfield Town will face Barnsley in an all Yorkshire Derby, with the two sides now two division apart despite being in the same league last season.

Watford will come up against Bristol City in a tough away fixture, while Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City faces his old club Bournemouth at St Andrew’s.

Last campaign’s runners-up Southampton host Wolves at St Mary’s with three-time winners Leicester City to take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Northern section draw

  • Carlisle United vs Sunderland
  • Bolton Wanderers vs Sheffield Wednesday
  • Accrington Stanley vs West Brom
  • Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest
  • Leeds United vs Newport County*
  • Stoke City vs Rochdale
  • Huddersfield Town vs Rotherham United
  • Middlesbrough vs Scunthorpe United
  • Doncaster Rovers vs Hull City
  • Sheffield United vs Leicester City
  • Aston Villa vs Wigan Athletic
  • Barnsley vs Derby County/Grimsby Town

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